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Gaffer Livid At Disgraceful Goal

18 December 2012

North End manager Graham Westley spoke of his utter disgust at Bury’s conduct.

“He had an outstanding game, we conceded three goals but his positional sense, his fight in the challenge and his honesty, and they were big parts in what we did tonight.”

“Luke Foster was brilliant, what a debut from the lad, he has played for me before and I know he is a lion heart who will fight with everything that he has got. 

“It was an outstanding moment from Thorsten Stuckmann, it was an outstanding save for the penalty and he typified the fighting spirit and the determination to make sure the Club stayed in the competition. 

“I said to them as they stepped up, this is not about luck this is about your character and the strongest characters will win and you will win, I had no doubt about that.

“You could see the determination, the togetherness and the unity. The fighting spirit got the lads through and five penalties said everything about the team.

“It is a tough thing to do but you could see when the lads stood on the half way line and prepared themselves for a penalty shoot-out.

“It is the team ethic I haven’t seen from mine since I have been at Preston and it is an area of focus. We have brought so many players together and there is a unity and a togetherness you need to succeed. 

“Our focus needed to be on what we needed to do to win the game and that wasn’t going to be easy. The outstanding feature from us wasn’t our tactical play or technical play, what you saw from our side tonight was fight and desire. 

Confident his side would always progress, Westley continued by praising the performance of debutant Luke Foster on a night when justice was served.  

The tie however was decided on penalties, with Preston converting their spot kicks and Stuckmann pulling off a spectacular save to deny Greg Wylde, the only player to miss on the night.

North End went on to take the lead twice but were pegged back on both occasions, with midfielder Procter scoring his first for the Club whilst Beavon capitalised on a blunder for Bury keeper Trevor Carson.

“It goes against the grain of football, respect and everything else and yet we are allowing that type of situation to go on. It is disgusting, there should be punishments for incidents like that and I think it is disgusting.”

ball is in the back of the net. It is a disgrace.
“Andy Procter goes down and he has been winded at the corner, Stuckmann throws the ball and we handed the ball to David Healy to give it back to the goalkeeper and he turns and attacks us and from the free-kick the

“We don’t need to concede from a wide free-kick but for what they did goes against the grain of what football is about as a sporting spectacle. 

He told the official website: “The edge has gone off the game for me because what I thought was a disgrace from Bury for the first goal.

After the game the gaffer admitted this incident had tarnished an otherwise excellent night for the Club.

Subsequently David Healy was allowed space in order to return the ball but instead attacked the PNE goal winning a free-kick in which Joe Skarz.

The Lilywhites were leading 1-0 at Gigg Lane when controversially the Shakers equalised after failing to return the ball to North End after goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann had put it into touch to allow team mate Andy Procter to receive treatment. 

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